Re: [xep-support] XEP for Win hot folder issues

From: David Tolpin <>
Date: Tue Feb 07 2006 - 11:56:32 PST

On Tue, 07 Feb 2006 20:53:58 +0400, Patrick Goetz <>

> I set up an ActiXEP hot folder which processes XML files; however, I get
> the following error message:
> exception during formatting: org.xml.sax.SAXParseException:
> unexpected character after document prolog (found "E") (expected "<")

Hi Patrick,

you are facing errors in the .NET XSLT transformation engine, XEP is not
involved at the stage you are seeing the error messages from.

> However, the SAME XML file in the SAME location:
> 1. validates
> 2. can be processed to produce a PDF file using xep.bat
> 3. can be processed to produce a PDF file using XEP Assistant
> 4. validates with 2 other independent validators, one on a linux
> server.

That's because under all other circumstances, the buggy XSLT
transformation engine is not involved.

> A different file produces the same error with a different letter in
> place of "E".
> ActiXEP seems to assume a DTD folder location:
> If I move the file and DTD directory around so that the DTD directory
> is a subdirectory of the directory containing the XML (with
> <!DOCTYPE blue_book SYSTEM "DTD/blue_book.dtd">

It's not XEP, it's Microsoft. It's a known bug, present in different
flavours in both MSXML and .NET XSLT.

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